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Spier’s Manor House is now home to a new exhibition featuring leading South African artists.

Occupants of the Inhabited showcases works by artists including Athi Patra-Ruga, Billie Zangewa, Thandiwe Msebenzi, and Igshaan Adams.

Spier Occupants of the Inhabited

Curated by Kefiloe Siwisa in collaboration with Spier Arts Trust, the exhibition will be displayed through 2021 in this historic space, along with excerpts from interviews with some of the featured artists.

“In a sense, the selected artists become occupants, the building’s second skin,” explains Siwisa. “The works have been selected to challenge the Manor House’s spatial history, exploring and acknowledging the physical and psychological impact of colonial architecture and how it sits in this moment of postcolonial movement, making, and transformations.”

The works invite viewers to consider the complexities of heritage preservation, recent appropriations, and repurposing of colonial sites.

Siwisa adds: “These works cannot be asked to heal the spirit of place but rather they can bear witness to the weight of the past and carry new dialogues into the present.”

The Spier Manor House is booked for events from time to time, please check availability online before your visit. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge.


Athi Patra-Ruga | Ayana V Jackson | Billie Zangewa | David Koloane | Cinga Samson | Heidi Sincuba (performance) | Igshaan Adams | John Murray | Restone Maambo | Thandiwe Msebenzi

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